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More Evidence That Music Talent Is Largely Innate

New research on twins finds nature and nurture interact to produce accomplished musicians. A second study suggests chimps might be among their fans.

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How to Motivate a Young Musician

Inspiring school and home environments help students develop a sense of themselves as musicians, which prompts them to keep practicing.

 

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Music Lessons Boost Emotional, Intellectual Development

German researchers report learning to play a musical instrument is associated with higher grades and superior cognitive skills.

 

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No Need to Speak Slowly: I Took Music Lessons as a Kid

New research suggests music training as a youngster can lead to faster processing of sounds in senior citizens.

 

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Want Quick, Accurate Thinking? Ask a Musician

New research finds musical training appears to sharpen our ability to detect our own mistakes, and rapidly make needed adjustments.

 

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New Evidence Links Music Education, Higher Test Scores

Research from Canada finds high-performing students do even better if they are enrolled in ongoing music classes.

 

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More Evidence Music Training Boosts Brainpower

A German study finds young children who took instrumental music lessons did better than their peers on verbal memory tests.

 

Duets and Diapers: Music Lessons Benefit Babies

New Canadian research finds music training in the second six months of life can enhance infants’ emotional development and communication skills.

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NASA Could Build Entire Spacecrafts in Space Using 3-D Printers

This year NASA will experiment with 3-D printing small objects in space. That could mark the beginning of a gravity-free manufacturing revolution.

The Most Popular Ways to Share Good and Bad Personal News

Researchers rank the popularity of all of the different methods we have for telling people about our lives, from Facebook to face-to-face.

Do Not Tell Your Kids That Eating Vegetables Will Make Them Stronger

Instead, hand them over in silence. Or, market them as the most delicious snack known to mankind.

The West’s Groundwater Is Being Sucked Dry

Scientists were stunned to discover just how much groundwater has been lost from beneath the Colorado River over the past 10 years.

How Wildlife Declines Are Leading to Slavery and Terrorism

As wildlife numbers dwindle, wildlife crimes are rising—and that's fueling a raft of heinous crimes committed against humans.

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